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411 King

411 King brings unparalleled living to King & Spadina

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411 King brings unparalleled living to King & Spadina

It’s no secret that Toronto’s King West strip has long been a world-class location for condominium purchasers and investors. Those who live and work in the area are part of a thriving downtown community, known for its unique energy, vibrancy, and plethora of opportunities for food, drinks, culture, entertainment, and ease of transit connections.

Those in the know have been longing for something special to rise on the corner of King and Spadina, also known as the heart of King West. This pinnacle location presents a rare and one-time opportunity to plant roots in the core of downtown Toronto, where location is, has been, and always will be, everything.

Great Gulf, one of North America’s premier real estate organizations, and Terracap, a private equity real estate group with a portfolio of properties that include 4 Million+ square feet of real estate across North America, have come together to bring an incredible residential condominium vision to fruition.

Illustrations are artist's concepts. Specifications are subject to change without notice E. & O.E.
Illustrations are artist’s concepts. Specifications are subject to change without notice E. & O.E.

411 King is a new condominium of 1-bedroom to 2-bedroom+ suites, from 400 to 1,000+ square feet, with an exciting offering that’s bringing unparalleled living to King & Spadina.

Great Gulf has a well-respected history along the King West strip, with a wide list of projects that continue to garner raving reviews from both owners and renters for everything from amenities programs to quality craftsmanship of suite features. Over the past 20 years, Great Gulf has developed a reputation for being the premier builder in the King West neighbourhood.

Terracap is a 1.5 Billion private equity group with a 30- year history developing multi-residential properties, retail and office spaces. This exciting partnership locks in a solid vision for this special location. With a very limited amount of real estate along King West, 411 King presents one of the last pre-construction developments, on the best corner, at the most premier destination in downtown Toronto.

With a perfect walk and transit score of 100, King West attracts visitors from across the GTA and around the globe, for its wealth of top-rated cuisine, theatre, culture, shopping, and entertainment. If there was ever an appropriate moment to use the cliché “location, location, location,” this is the time. Those who live in the area enjoy the conveniences of the very best of Toronto at their door. Whether using the many transit connections or walking to the wide spectrum of popular venues or hidden King Street gems, area residents are privy to a lifestyle of opportunity, convenience, and unlimited indulgences.

Key arts and cultural landmarks include the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Rogers Centre, and Roy Thompson Hall. This booming neighbourhood is home to some of the city’s most coveted attractions, restaurants, wellness retreats, businesses, spas, trendy cafés, high fashion boutiques, and so much more. It’s no wonder King West is a world-renowned destination that hosts international stars and the “who’s who” of sports, entertainment, and Toronto’s elite. In fact, with the development of 411 King, King Street is finally getting the crown it deserves.

411 King is unparalleled in the exciting opportunity it presents on the most prominent corner of King West. The building itself presents a unique dichotomy of styles by combining the aesthetics of an iconic modern tower with the industrial revolution design sensibility of a heritage brick façade that echoes old-world elegance. In fusing the two, the architecture embodies a mindfulness and respect for the ways in which this building will enter the existing King streetscape. The architecture creates a timeless and stunning exterior that combines modern architectural forms with historic charm.

What does unparalleled living look like for purchasers and future residents of 411 King? With a lifestyle of accessibility and abundance, there’s no limit to the range of possibilities to indulge, delight, inspire, and thrive – from day to night. Whether it’s the ease of a commute that begins and ends conveniently at your front door, or the selection of Toronto’s best restaurants, arts & culture, and entertainment venues only a quick stroll away, an unmatched lifestyle awaits at this exciting residential condominium, coming soon. Backed by the solid foundation of experience and expertise from two of North America’s foremost names in real estate development, 411 King is set to be the crowning jewel of King West. And, if rumours are true, an exciting impending announcement is set to make this limited opportunity unparalleled as well!


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Neighbourhood Watch: Yorkville

Yorkville – High end and priced to match

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Yorkville – High end and priced to match

If location, location, location is the golden rule of real estate, the Yorkville area of Toronto is one of the most shining examples. Indeed, it doesn’t get much more central than this, bounded by Bloor Street, Davenport Road, Yonge Street and Avenue Road. If midtown Toronto is what you want, a neighbourhood pretty much at the intersection of the city’s main subway lines at Yonge and Bloor is it.

Five-star is the perfect descriptor for Yorkville, home to the Mink Mile, one of Canada’s most exclusive shopping districts, along a stretch of Bloor. Upscale names such as Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Boss, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen operate flagship locations here, and north of Bloor, on Yorkville and Cumberland streets, you’ll find smaller buildings containing art galleries, first-floor retail and high-end restaurants. And of course, being so close to the famous Yonge Street, you’re just steps away from every retail option you can imagine, including the new Nordstrom Rack on the ground floor at 1 Bloor East.

Prized condo destination

As you can imagine, given Toronto’s condo boom, Yorkville is also a prized location for highrise living, with developers introducing several new projects in recent years, reflective of the luxurious character of the area.

“(8 Cumberland) is right on Yonge Street, you can walk to the subway door, it’s right there, and it connects to a path that goes through Yorkville and all the way through to Bloor Street,” Alan Vihant, Great Gulf’s senior vice-president, highrise, told Condo Life last fall at the groundbreaking for the company’s 8 Cumberland. This modern 51-storey condo with a century-old brick Victorian podium is located at the northwest corner of Cumberland Avenue and Yonge.

“8 Cumberland will create a new gateway to the Yorkville District,” says Great Gulf President, Residential, Niall Collins. “Our commitment to the neighbourhood’s revitalization includes a 36-storey condo tower at 18 Yorkville, the iconic 76-storey condo tower at One Bloor East and this 51-storey condo development all within a block radius.”

Award-winning

Nearby, Lanterra Developments is building 50 Scollard, a 41- storey condo at the corner of Bay and Scollard in Yorkville, with 77 exclusive residences. The project, in fact, earned Lanterra Best Highrise Building Design at the 2019 BILD Awards.

Complementing the high end, highrise living and shopping in Yorkville are nearby cultural offerings such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the Mira Godard Gallery, the Heffel Fine Art Auction House and Gallery 36.

And of course, blessed with a location along major transit arteries, getting to and from Yorkville is a breeze, with three subway stops along this stretch of Bloor.

Location, location, location

Bounded by Bloor Street to the south, Davenport Road to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west

Key landmarks

  • Cumberland Terrace
  • Gallery 36
  • Hemingway’s
  • Holt Renfrew Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Sassafraz
  • Windsor Arms Hotel

Select condo projects

8 Cumberland by Great Gulf

11 Yorkville by RioCan Living

11 Yorkville by Metropia

11 Yorkville by Capital Developments

50 Scollard by Lanterra Developments

321 Davenport by Alterra Group

625 Yonge Street by Edenshaw Developments


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Great Gulf, Homebuilder of the Year, Lowrise

GTA’s top homebuilders and projects honoured at 39th Annual BILD Awards

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GTA’s top homebuilders and projects honoured at 39th Annual BILD Awards

Great Gulf, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Lowrise
Great Gulf, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Lowrise

Great Gulf and Tridel were among the big winners at the recent 39th Annual BILD Awards, as the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) recognized the top builders and developers, projects and marketing initiatives in the industry.

Builders of the Year

Great Gulf earned the distinction of Lowrise Builder of the Year, while Tridel won for Mid/Highrise Builder of the Year.

Tridel, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Highrise
Tridel, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Highrise

The awards honour achievements in planning, design, sales, marketing and city building in 40 categories. A group of 41 expert judges from across North America determined the winners from 850 submitted entries.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Edward Sorbara, principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, was presented with BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his 52 years of leadership in the building and land development industry.

Edward Sorbara, right, principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, is presented with BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award by BILD President David Wilkes
Edward Sorbara, right, principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, is presented with BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award by BILD President David Wilkes

Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian Award

Tridel also took home the Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian Award for the company’s unique approach to corporate social responsibility. The founding families and every Tridel employee takes pride in the fact that the Tridel brand is synonymous with integrity, quality, customer service, innovation and sustainability.

People’s Choice Award

The coveted People’s Choice Award, determined by members of the public through online voting, was awarded to Aoyuan International for its M2M development. Aoyuan’s vision for M2M is a condominium community that supports and encourages a healthy urban lifestyle, while providing living options that make it easy for families to raise children in the city. The master plan includes more than 1,500 new residences, a community centre and a daycare.

“The People’s Choice Award is a unique honour because it is the public that decides the winner,” says BILD President and CEO Dave Wilkes. “Over 5,200 people cast votes for projects that competed for the best in city building. These projects demonstrate how the industry is providing a wide range of housing options for home buyers in GTA.”

Best New Planned Community

Lakeview Community Partners Ltd. won Best New Planned Community for Lakeview Village. Lakeview Village reconnects the community through a diverse mix of build forms for different uses, including residential, cultural, institutional, commercial and retail. Lakeview will repurpose brownfield land that was once home to the Ontario Power Generation Station in Mississauga.

Lowrise Project of the Year

The Lowrise Project of the Year went to Treasure Hill Home Corp. for its Charbonnel development near De La Salle College in Toronto, while Urban Capital Property Group, M3 Condos, in Mississauga was selected as the Mid/Highrise Project of the Year.

Best Highrise Building Design

Best Highrise Building Design went to Lanterra Developments for 50 Scollard. The project boasts contemporary architecture from Norman Foster and interiors by Toronto-based Italian designer, Alessandro Munge, and an incomparable location in the heart of Yorkville.

Best Midrise Building Design

Alterra Group of Companies and Graywood Developments Ltd. won the award for Best Midrise Building Design for Wonder Condos. Wonder is one of the last of its kind in Toronto, a landmark address that will house heritage lofts, condos and townhouses. Wonder is built on the site of the former Weston Bakery on Eastern Avenue.

Best Overall Marketing Campaign

The award for Best Overall Marketing Campaign went to the team of Empire Communities and Pureblink for their campaign for Empire Phoenix.

For a complete list of award recipients, visit bildawards.com.

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Great Gulf Homes

Great Gulf Homes – Is it possible to find an affordable home in the GTA?

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Great Gulf Homes – Is it possible to find an affordable home in the GTA?

You may have heard that owning a new home in the GTA has become an almost impossible dream, but that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth! Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is a new masterplanned community of townhomes and singles coming soon to Taunton Rd. and Coronation Rd. in central Whitby. With freehold towns from 1,485 to 2,110 sq. ft , singles from 1,810 to 3,275 sq. ft., and prices starting at $515,990, it looks like the dream of homeownership is still very much within reach.

Room for a growing family

If you’re wondering where a family of three, four or more can find an affordable new home in the GTA, Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Homebuyers will discover beautiful, family-size towns and singles with three- to five-bedroom floorplans available in this exciting new Great Gulf community. Additionally, Great Gulf Whitby Meadows will offer multiple layout options featuring, everything from second floor laundry rooms to expanded mudrooms, walk-in closets, two-car garages and more, to suit all family lifestyles and needs.

Outdoor time has been made a priority in all aspects of this community, with large lots providing ample yard space, charming, nature-infused neighbourhoods, and a sprawling community park.

A convenient commute to Toronto

Only a short drive east of Toronto, Whitby has become Durham Region’s most sought-after destination for active young families. It is a picturesque locale boasting more than 125 parks, 950 acres of active parkland, thousands of acres of lush open space and beaches, plus 60 km of trails, such as the renowned Ash Creek and Heber Down Conservation area. Whitby is also home to Canada’s largest municipally owned recreation facility, and a family-friendly entertainment centre loaded with everything from popular restaurants to a massive movie theatre, and even an indoor skydiving facility.

Not only will Great Gulf Whitby Meadows place homeowners at the bustling heart of the city, but this vibrant new community is only minutes away from the 401, 407, 412, and GO Transit. This makes for an easy, straight-forward commute west to downtown Toronto.

A home for your generation and the next

Great Gulf has a longstanding history in the Whitby area, and its commitment to building high-quality homes not only takes this generation of homebuyers into consideration, but subsequent generations as well.

The homes of Great Gulf Whitby Meadows are being planned with smarter construction, better materials and higher standards intended to benefit families and the environment. Both townhomes and singles will be Energy Star certified to ensure a higher level of energy savings and environmental sustainability. This means elevated standards in heating and cooling, insulation, electrical and plumbing, air quality and energy efficiency. The townhomes and singles will also be built with the science of H+me Technology, a state-of-the-art synergistic process where homes are virtually constructed to ensure precision before anything is physically built. Homes are pre-assembled in a dedicated facility allowing them to be built at a fraction of the time it takes traditionally. The H+me Technology’s advanced process ensures tighter gaps and fewer seams aiding to reduce energy consumption and material waste during construction by up to 70 per cent.

Spacious towns and singles, family-focused neighbourhoods, easy commuting, and all for the best price in the GTA. It sounds like Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is the answer this generation of new homebuyers has been searching for. The question is, what are you waiting for?

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EnerQuality announces 2018 EQ Award winners

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EnerQuality announces 2018 EQ Award winners

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Ontario’s most Green home builders and suppliers were honoured Feb. 28 at the 2018 EQ Awards. More than 250 guests, including Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, celebrated 20 years of EnerQuality along with the accomplishments of its leaders with the official announcement of the award winners.

“It speaks volumes to see how the longevity of EnerQuality and our certifications like Energy Star have continued to remain relevant and grow in impact over the years,” say Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality. “The 2018 EQ Awards allowed the industry to celebrate where we have come from and spotlight the pioneers who are joining forces to carve a new path for the future with programs such as our Energy Star Multifamily Highrise certification.”

“The People’s Choice Award was an amazing new addition to the Awards, allowing us to involve the greater community in both recognizing and selecting the winner,” adds Shannon Bertuzzi, vice-president of market development at EnerQuality. “Our certifications are voluntary investments by our builders. EnerQuality is committed to ensuring the greater public is aware of the investment these builders are making for the sustainability of these communities.”

2018 Hall of Fame: Sean Mason, President, Sean Mason Homes

Sean Mason has been a dedicated proponent of Energy Star for New Homes since the very first days. From 2002 to 2013, he encouraged Green building and land initiatives at Mason Homes, when it was among the first three builders in Canada to participate in and certify with the then-new Energy Star program, and the first in Canada to make Energy Star its standard. Since Sean.castarted in 2013, the company has won numerous awards, including BILD’s Green Builder of the Year in 2015, and EnerQuality’s started Builder (Small Volume) in 2018. He has also been a finalist in BILD’s Places to Grow Project of the Year and People’s Choice Project of the Year, and BILD’s Best Lowrise Project (Built Category). At Sean.ca, started is a standard offering, certifying 100 per cent of its homes. Mason’s stamp has been on more than 1,000 started homes in the last decade.

“Sean.ca is about building modern, healthier and more affordable Green homes in a sustainable community, allowing residents to connect with their neighbours in a meaningful way,” Mason says. “The platform EnerQuality has provided with started has allowed us to prove our commitment to our homeowners through a trusted third-party certifications.”

Impact Award 2018: Tamarack Homes

Tamarack Homes received the EnerQuality 2019 Impact Award for making significant long-term voluntary progress in reducing carbon emissions and showing outstanding achievements through energy efficiency and sustainable practices. From its beginnings more than 70 years ago, Tamarack Homes has strived for the highest quality in construction and customer service by pursuing materials and technology that would become industry standards. Thirteen years ago, with the launch of a brand-new Ottawa community called Jackson Trails, Tamarack certified its first Energy Star home. Impressed with the results, Tamarack Homes committed the entire community to the new standard, a first for the entire region. Today, every home Tamarack builds carries the started certification.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication to sustainability in the home-building industry,” says Chris Taggert, vice-president of Tamarack Homes. “The EnerQuality Impact Award symbolizes the commitment we make every day to prioritizing families, communities, and the environment.”

2018 EQ AWARD WINNERS

Builder Achievement
Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Homes

Building Innovation, Lowrise
RND Construction

Building Innovation, Mid/Highrise
Times Group

Energy Advisor
Mark Rosen, Building Energy Inc.

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Small Volume)
Lucchetta Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Mid Volume)
Doug Tarry Custom Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder (Large Volume)
Minto Communities

Energy Star Champion
JoAnn DiCarlo, Remington Group

Green Marketing Campaign (Print)
Sifton Properties

Green Marketing Campaign (Other)
Great Gulf

Leader of the Year
Roya Khaleeli, Minto Communities

Net Zero Builder
Reid’s Heritage Homes

Ontario Green Builder
Sifton Properties

Product Innovation
AeroBarrier

Industry Partner Award
Enbridge Gas Distribution Owens Corning
Union Gas

People’s Choice Award
Acorn Developments

PARTNER AWARDS

Enbridge Affordable Housing Award
Toronto Community Housing

Enbridge Savings by Design Award (Residential)
Briarwood Development Group

Enbridge Savings by Design Award (Commercial)
Times Group

Union Gas Optimum Home Award
Hilden Homes

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In Conversation With Niall Collins, President of Great Gulf Residential

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In Conversation With Niall Collins, President of Great Gulf Residential

Fresh off a milestone 2018 filled with multiple industry awards and groundbreakings at signature projects, Great Gulf is poised for another, well, great year in 2019.

From landmark highrise developments in Toronto, to expanding its footprint south of the border, Great Gulf has no plans to rest on its laurels.

Niall Collins
Niall Collins

We spoke with Niall Collins, president of Great Gulf Residential, to get his take on what lies ahead for this leading developer.

Condo Life: Great Gulf’s tagline is, “At Great Gulf, we do more than just build — we transform.” Please elaborate on what exactly that means.

Niall Collins: We are continuously researching new opportunities to add more value to our products. Investing in innovation is at the core of our business.

CL: Last year was a huge year for Great Gulf – winning Highrise Home Builder of the Year at the BILD Awards, then Builder of the Year at the OHBA Awards of Distinction. What are you doing for an encore in 2019?

NC: Great Gulf is launching three highrise residential projects in Toronto. We’re also starting construction in the spring of La Clara, a luxury condominium building in West Palm Beach; we’re currently building a 10-storey mixed-use, multi-family development in Washington, DC’s vibrant Union Market District; and we’re registering Monde by Toronto’s waterfront.

One-hundred per cent of Great Gulf homes and midrise buildings are being manufactured by H+ME Technology. The entire production process at H+ME Technology is entirely controlled through the complex computer design of every single element of home structures, which are CSA approved.

357 King West
357 King West, at the corner of King Street West and Blue Jays Way in Toronto.

CL: You had three major groundbreakings in late 2018 – 357 King West, 8 Cumberland and Home at 48 Power. How is the sales pace going for these projects?

NC: Sales are ongoing for all three projects.

CL: And how is construction coming along?

NC: Construction is progressing well with shoring and excavation work well underway on all projects.

CL: 357 King West is interesting in that, being in a downtown location, it includes a bike storage, dedicated bike elevator and wash and repair area. What are some similar inclusions at some of your other new projects that speak to how purchasers live, specific to that area?

NC: We’re a vertical city and should respond to purchasers’ needs. First-time buyers, families and those downsizing will have different requirements. We are building larger units to accommodate families. Home Condominium provides expansive rooftop amenities that people value, creating the experience of outdoor space.

Great Gulf executive team
The Great Gulf executive team at the 8 Cumberland groundbreaking.

CL: What is the status of the project at the Mirvish+Gehry site at King and Duncan – such as name, notable features and launch date?

NC: The Gehry project will feature the tallest residential tower in Canada at 92 storeys, with the second tower at 82 storeys. It is notable because it also represents the coming home of famous architect Frank Gehry. We are currently working through the building program and will have details available in the near future.

CL: We understand you have a luxury condo planned for the Yonge and St. Clair area? What can you tell us about that?

NC: We are planning a launch this year for the Yonge and St. Clair development. The project, with exterior and interior designed by Siamak Hariri, will feature large luxury units ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 sq. ft. and include large balconies and terraces.

CL: What’s next for Great Gulf, in terms of upcoming projects?

NC: Great Gulf currently has 18 highrise projects being developed across North America. We’re working towards completing permit design and process to start construction on three highrise residential buildings in Dallas and Atlanta.

PORTFOLIO

  • 357 King West 357 King St. West, Toronto, Now selling
  • 8 Cumberland 8 Cumberland St., Yorkville, Toronto, Now selling
  • Monde Queens Quay and Lower Sherbourne, Toronto, Under construction
  • One Bloor Yonge and Bloor, Toronto, Now selling
  • 401 King & Spadina 401 King St. W., Toronto, Coming soon
  • Yonge & St. Clair 1421 Yonge St., Toronto, Coming soon
  • Mirvish & Gehry Condos King St. and Duncan St., Toronto, Coming soon
  • Spadina 101 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Coming soon
  • Home 48 Power St., Toronto, Coming soon

 

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Best in energy-efficient builders to be celebrated at EQ Awards

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Best in energy-efficient builders to be celebrated at EQ Awards

EQ Awards

EnerQuality, celebrating 20 years as the leader in energy-efficient certifications, is preparing to confer its annual EQ Awards in Toronto on Feb. 28.

“We are excited to be launching a refreshed version of our classic awards, bringing more networking, recognition and excitement for our builders who have worked hard to build a better future for our communities,” says Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality.

In 2018, EnerQuality labelled its 100,000th energy-efficient home, released the new Energy Star Multifamily Highrise (New Construction) Pilot Program and continued its mission of helping builders and consumers save money while lowering their carbon footprint.

“To continue to spread the word and recognize the achievements of the industry, EnerQuality will proudly be launching the EQ Awards Magazine,” says Shannon Bertuzzi, vice-president, market development, at EnerQuality. “Many aren’t aware of the voluntary investment our builders make towards building healthier communities. We hope this commemorative magazine will continue to shine a light on their contributions throughout the year.”

For this year, EnerQuality also introduced a People’s Choice Award, created to involve the public in acknowledging those who are pushing boundaries in energy efficiency.”

Award categories and finalists include:

Building Innovation Lowrise

●  Minto Group
●  RND Construction Ltd.
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  Sean.ca
●  Urbandale Construction

 

Building Innovation Mid/Highrise

●  Minto Group
●  Molinaro Group
●  Times Group

 

Energy Advisor

●  Mark Rosen, Building Energy Inc.
●  Rob Johnston, Building Knowledge Canada
●  Sacha Klein, A&J Energy Consultants
●  Michael White, Pradeep Samaroo, RGL Consultants

 

EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year – Large Volume

●  Great Gulf
●  Mattamy Homes
●  Minto Group

 

EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year – Mid Volume

●  Acorn Developments
●  Activa
●  Arista Homes
●  Doug Tarry Homes
●  Sifton Properties
●  Urbandale Construction

 

EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year – Small/Custom

●  Corvinelli Homes
●  Howick Homes
●  Jeffrey Homes
●  Marz Homes
●  SanDiego Homes
●  Lucchetta Homes

 

EnerQuality’s Energy Star for New Homes Champion

●  JoAnn DiCarlo, Remington Homes
●  Optimum Home Team, Union Gas
●  Doug Tarry, Doug Tarry Homes
●  Ted McIntyre, OHB Magazine
●  Tyler Heimpel, Carey Homes

 

Green Marketing Campaign – Print

●  Activa
●  Mason Homes
●  Sifton Properties

 

Green Marketing Campaign – Other

● Acorn Developments
● Arista Homes
● Great Gulf

 

Hall Of Fame Recipient

● Sean Mason, sean.ca

Sean Mason EQ Award
Sean Mason, recipient of the Hal of Fame Award

 

Impact Award Recipient

● Tamarack Developments

 

Net Zero Builder

●  Gatto Homes
●  Gemini Homes
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  RND Construction Ltd
●  Sifton Properties
●  Steve Snider Construction

 

Ontario Green Builder

●  Acorn Developments
●  Minto Group
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  RND Construction Ltd
●  Sifton Properties

 

People’s Choice

●  Acorn Developments
●  Minto Group
●  Reid’s Heritage Homes
●  RND Construction Ltd
●  Sifton Properties

 

Product Innovation

●  Aerobarrier
●  Graphenstone
●  Genius Smart Panel
●  H+ME Technology
●  Velux Active with NETATMO

 

Builder Achievement

●  Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Developments
●  Jean-Francois Meloche, Guildcrest Building Corp.
●  Roy Nandram, RND Construction Ltd.
●  Doug Tarry, Doug Tarry Custom Homes
●  Peter Voong, Castleform Developments
●  Jennifer Weatherston, Reid’s Heritage Homes

For more information on the EQ Awards and to purchase tickets, visit eqawards.ca

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Toronto Entertainment District a condo community?

Toronto Entertainment District a booming condo community in the making

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Toronto Entertainment District a booming condo community in the making

If you haven’t been to Toronto’s Entertainment District lately, you’re in for quite the surprise.

In fact, you might not even recognize this booming neighbourhood.

Long a Toronto hot spot filled with some of the city’s best theatres and restaurants, the Entertainment District is in full-on transition mode – into also becoming one of the most prestigious condo destinations.

A place to live

The Entertainment District, a condo community?

Yes, that same area punctuated by such landmarks as Roy Thompson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, and Canada’s Walk of Fame, known as a place to play and eat, is now becoming known as a place to live.

“Look around at all the buildings being built and how the neighbourhood is changing and will continue to change,” Alan Vihant, senior vice-president, highrise at Great Gulf recently told Condo Life at the ground-breaking for the company’s 357 King West project. Great Gulf’s 357 King West is a 42-storey condo at the corner of King St. W. and Blue Jays Way.

This development and population growth is now leading to other expansion. “It’s not just a place to live now,” Vihant says. “A lot of offices are moving here, the bars and restaurants continue to evolve. It’s a great time to be building down here.”

Essentially born in the 1990s as an entertainment and tourist hub, with a burgeoning nightclub scene elbowing its away among the existing theatres and restaurants, the early 2000s brought the first wave of a condo boom.

More recently, SoHo Metropolitan Hotel & Residences, Festival Tower, and Bisha Hotel and Residences are among some of the notable condo projects that are up and running.

Abuzz with excitement

One key cultural attraction is TIFF Bell Lightbox, which opened in 2010 on the northwest corner of King Street and John Street. The first five floors of this 42-storey tower serve as headquarters for the Toronto International Film Festival, while the Festival Tower residences sit atop. With TIFF Bell Lightbox serving as host to countless international stars and pre-screenings during the annual festival, the area is often abuzz with excitement.

Add to this more recent landmark developments such as Bisha Hotel and Residences, and Nobu Residences, and you have an expanding array of exciting residential opportunities.

Then there’s Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant at 99 Blue Jays Way, and more recently even a Wahlburgers (of the Wahlburgers restaurant chain and famed brothers Donny and Mark Wahlburg). All of it a stone’s throw from the Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium, the CN Tower, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Scotiabank Arena.

The team at Great Gulf breaking ground at 357 King West.
The team at Great Gulf breaking ground at 357 King West.

Transition to excellence

And more is on the way.

Great Gulf and Ed Mirvish Enterprises, for example, recently announced they have reached an agreement on the sale to Great Gulf of the site of the proposed landmark Mirvish+Gehry project in the Entertainment District.

All of it adds up to an area in transition indeed – to excitement and excellence.

 

Location, location, location

Bordered by Spadina Avenue, King Street West, University Avenue and Front Street

Key landmarks

  • Roy Thompson Hall
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant
  • Wahlburgers
  • Rogers Centre

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  • SoHo Metropolitan Hotel & Residences, by Mastercraft Starwood
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Great Gulf volunteers serve up food and smiles at Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Great Gulf volunteers serve up food and smiles at Ronald McDonald House Charities

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A team of volunteers from Great Gulf recently prepared and served food at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in Toronto, by participating in the Home for Dinner program bringing smiles and a delicious, hot dinner to 150 people.

“We are deeply committed to helping the communities we serve and volunteer in a number of programs benefiting needy causes,” says Josh Reisman, associate, business development, Great Gulf. “Knowing that we reduced the stress of purchasing and preparing food so that families could enjoy a home cooked dinner when returning from the hospital was definitely worthwhile. I would like to thank the Great Gulf team for their commitment and enthusiasm in making it an enjoyable dinner for all the families.”

RMHC keeps families of serious ill children together and close to the care they need. The Home for Dinner program runs four nights per week (usually Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) and typically requires 15 to 20 volunteers as groups serve approximately 150 people.

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Left to right, Ronnie Strasser, Sam Strasser, Alex Strasser, Stanton Strasser, Jay Strasser, Alan Vihant, Niall Collins, Mike McGrath, Hunter Milborne, Boris Shteiman and Josh Shteiman

Great Gulf and partners break ground on Yorkville condo 8 Cumberland

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Great Gulf and partners break ground on Yorkville condo 8 Cumberland

Left to right, Ronnie Strasser, Sam Strasser, Alex Strasser, Stanton Strasser, Jay Strasser, Alan Vihant, Niall Collins, Mike McGrath, Hunter Milborne, Boris Shteiman and Josh Shteiman
Left to right, Ronnie Strasser, Sam Strasser, Alex Strasser, Stanton Strasser, Jay Strasser, Alan Vihant, Niall Collins, Mike McGrath, Hunter Milborne, Boris Shteiman and Josh Shteiman

Award-winning developers Great Gulf and Phantom Developments Ltd., along with The Kadima Group and MM Realty Ventures Inc., have celebrated the groundbreaking of 8 Cumberland, a modern 51-storey highrise condominium with a century-old brick Victorian podium. Located at the northwest corner of Cumberland Avenue and Yonge Street, it will pay homage to Yorkville’s timeless heritage and the neighbourhood’s revitalization.

Conveniently situated near two subway intersections, Canada’s most exclusive shopping district and one of the best cultural and art destinations in the world, 8 Cumberland is a sculpture with ribbons of gleaming steel and luminous glass creating a stunning façade. The masterplan includes parks and open spaces with pedestrian mews that will connect Yorkville Avenue to Cumberland Street and eventually to Bloor Street.

“8 Cumberland will create a new gateway to the Yorkville District,” says Great Gulf President, Residential, Niall Collins. “Our commitment to the neighbourhood’s revitalization includes a 36-storey condo tower at 18 Yorkville, the iconic 76-storey condo tower at One Bloor east and this 51-storey condo development all within a block radius.”

Designed by Architects Alliance with interior designs by Thomas Pearce and landscape architecture by NAK Design, the sleek and stylish building will feature retail on the ground and second floor within the heritage building dating back to the late nineteenth century. With 371 units ranging from 468 to 1,845 sq. ft., the spacious open-concept suites offer panoramic city views and state of the art amenities.

“Phantom Developments is thrilled to be breaking ground on 8 Cumberland,” adds Henry Strasser, principal of Phantom Developments. “When we acquired the site in 2014, we knew we had the opportunity to develop a true landmark in our vibrant city.”

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Alan Vihant, Great Gulf’s senior vice-president, highrise

Location doesn’t get much better than right in the heart of Yorkville, even in an area with other condo options. “(8 Cumberland) is different in a lot of ways,” Alan Vihant, Great Gulf’s senior vice-president, highrise, told Condo Life. “It’s right on Yonge Street, you can walk to the subway door, it’s right there, and it connects to a path that goes through Yorkville and all the way through to Bloor Street.”

 

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